What Does it Mean to Live on Volcanic Land?

It means that you would do well to throw away the word ‘rock’ and pick something more appropriate, like this example I found on the edge of a nondescript narrow stream bed last Thursday, right where the glaciers left it:

The Land Underfoot

Here’s another example, that I found today while booting around on Turtle Mountain just before sundown:

The Eye of a Deer Trail

Three and a half inches in diameter, too. 

When I mentioned these kind of rocks, one man dismissed my interest by noting that “Beauty is in Eye of the Beholder.” Well, actually it isn’t. It’s either beauty or it’s not.

What one does with beauty, ah, that’s another thing.

I suggest we start by calling things by their real names, and move on from there.

Later this week: a new apple, a million unexpected trails, and a wine from Lilloet.


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    • Ah, those are special, aren’t they. It’s a matter of strata. Look for volcanic flows on top of the old bedrock, then look for areas of erosion, in arroyos and what not, where they are exposed. Much of it was ground away by glaciers, so you have to outsmart them. In Iceland (where I am for a month), they pave the roads in the North out of agates, there are that many.


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